Head Coach John Wolyniec previously stated New York Red Bulls II’s intent to take all nine points on the team’s three game home stand. While any coach would be less than pleased with only four points out of the nine, Wolyniec was sure to point out the positives following Tuesday night’s draw.
“Yeah, I mean it’s difficult when you’re playing against than more than the other team,” said Wolyniec. “We fought hard, a lot of guys put a lot of effort in. I certainly think we had the advantages in the game in a lot of ways. You know obviously at the end we’re fighting a lot of different adversities and still come out with a tie against a team that’s near us in the standings is obviously important, so credit to our guys in that fashion.”
One of the Tuesday night’s positives was Creighton product Lucas Stauffer, who scored his second goal of the season while playing in an unfamiliar goal at left back. While the Kentucky native was happy to get on the scoresheet, he acknowledged that goals don’t dictate standings.
“We talked about it at the end of the game,” said Stauffer. “It was kind of one of those things where, going down a man late in the game, you can always give up a goal because they obviously had a bit more momentum. But, we stayed tight defensively, and unfortunately, we gave up a goal late. Then again, we walked away with a point. It’s nice scoring goals, but at the end of the day it’s a results driven game.”
Just like all year, however, the mentality from both Stauffer and Wolyniec was simple: onto the next one.
“They (Charleston) have talented players; they certainly present a lot of challenges,” Wolyniec said of NYRB II’s next challenge. “We’ve had some success against them recently for sure. But, I’m sure they’re going to be good for us, so I expect Saturday to be really hard. It’s what we want though, put our guys through the fire, so hopefully we can put out a good effort.”
“The good thing about professional soccer is that you get to turn around and do it on the weekend,” added Stauffer. “So, we really have to take care of our bodies, prepare for Charleston on Saturday, because that’s a tough game and we have to travel.”
NYRB II will travel south to face Charleston Battery on Saturday, August 25, at MUSC Health Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. and can be seen live on ESPN+.